Right now the Philadelphia Phillies are standing by their closer Brad Lidge. Which is hilarious, considering Lidge currently has a 0-6 record, an astronomical 7.33 ERA, gigantic 1.80 WHIP and nine blown saves in 34 chances.
Last season Lidge had a career resurgence, going a perfect 41-for-41 on save opportunities, with a minuscule 1.95 ERA. He was a huge part of Philadelphia’s run to a World Series title.
This year? He’s been freaking awful.
He looks like his post-Pujols self once again, but the Phillies claim they plan to stick with him through the postseason.
“We believe in Brad Lidge as a world-championship closer,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
The Elias Sports Bureau also has a great stat called the Elias Impact Rating. It measures a player’s effect on his team’s chances of winning on a per-plate-appearance basis. Of the 1,180 MLB players measured, Lidge ranks dead last by a sizeable distance.
So according to Elias, Brad Lidge is the worst player in all of Major League Baseball.
Congrats Brad, your prize is in the mail.